ULTRA DISTANCE

Ultra running covers distances over distances longer than the traditional marathon length of 26 miles 385 yards (42.2 kilometres). The most common distances are 50 kilometres and 100 kilometres but races can also be over a time period, such as 24 hours.  

Scots at Major Championships

The International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) organises World and European Championships at 100km (from 1987) and 24 hours (from 2001), with a Trail Championship introduced in 2007 and held 2-yearly to 2015, after which it became an annual event. A 50km World Trophy race commenced in 2009, after previously being held as a European event, evolving into the IAU World Championship in 2015.. Scottish athletes have won individual gold, silver or bronze medals at the IAU World Championships as follows:

 

Gold – Simon Pride (1999, 100km, 6:24:05), Ellie Greenwood (2007, w100km, 7:29:05short), Ellie Greenwood (2014, w100km, 7:30:30).

Silver – Donald Ritchie (1987, 100km, 6:40:51), Trudi Thomson (1994, w100km, 7:42:17), Angela Mudge (2009, Trail, 8:12:29), Joasia Zakrzewski (2011, w100km, 7:41:06), Joasia Zakrzewski (2011, w50km, 3:26:37), Joasia Zakrzewski (2014, w50km, 3:33:23).

Bronze – Lucy Colquhoun (2011, Trail, 7:57:20), Joasia Zakrzewski (2014, w100km, 7:42:03), Joasia Zakrzewski (2016, w100km, 7:41:47)..

 

The following Scottish athletes have represented Great Britain at these World Championships:

100km Men Brian Davidson 1999 (71st), 2000 (87); Paul Giblin 2014 (11th); Grant Jeans 2011 (75); Simon Pride 1997 (17, team silver), 1998 (6), 1999 (1, team bronze); Alan Reid 2000 (91); Donald Ritchie 1987 (2), 1990 (10), 1991 (8, team bronze), 1992 (39, team bronze), 1995 (36), 1998 (48), 2000 (57); William Sichel 1995 (45), 1997 (46), 1998 (22), 1999 (46); Allan Stewart 1997 (61); Craig Stewart 2011 (44); Norrie Williamson 1987 (36). Women Sandra Bowers 2009 (24); Eleanor Greenwood 2010 (1, team gold), 2014 (1); Trudi Thomson 1993 (9), 1994 (2, team bronze); Joasia Zakrzewski 2011 (2), 2014 (3), 2015 (5), 2016 (3).

24 hours Men Marco Consani 2015 (63), Stephen Mason 2009 (23), 2010 (59); Adrian Stott 2003 (60). Women Lynne Kuz 2009 (49); Sharon Law 2012 (20), 2015 (13); Debbie Martin-Consani 2012 (14), 2015 (12); Pauline Walker 2007 (35), 2009 (25), 2010 (46). Trail Men Andrew Rankin 2009 (7); Craig Stewart 2011 (34). Women Lucy Colquhoun 2009 (3); Angela Mudge 2009 (2). 50km Women Lucy Colquhoun 2011 (6); Joasia Zakrzewski 2011 (3), 2012 (5), 2014 (2). 

50km Men Ross Houston 2016 (7). Women  Lucy Colquhoun 2011 (6); Joasia Zakrzewski 2011 (2), 2012 (5), 2014 (2).

Trail Men Paul Giblin 2015 (32), Tom Owens 2015 (4), Paul Raistrick 2015 (61), Andrew Rankin 2009 (7), Craig Stewart 2011 (34), Matthew Williamson 2013 (22). Women  Sandra Bowers 2013 (31), Fionna Cameron 2013 (10), Lucy Colquhoun 2011 (3), Angela Mudge 2009 (2), Joasia Zakrzewski 2013 (4), 2016 (29).

 

The IAU European Championships commenced in 1992 at 100km and 24 hours, with the 50km European Trophy introduced in 2004 before being converted to a World Trophy. Scottish athletes who have won individual medals at these Championships are:

Gold – Ellie Greenwood (2010, 100km, 7:29:05).

Silver - Lynn Harding (1995. 100km, 7:52:23), Rosalyn Alexander (2004, 50km, 3:55:55), Joasia Zakrzewski (2011, 100km, 7:41:06).

Bronze – Donald Ritchie (1999, 24hr, 222.454km), Simon Pride (2004, 100km, 6:48:48), Sharon Law (2012, 24hr, 210.404km), Sharon Law (2013, 24hr, 226.107km), Joasia Zakrzewski (2015, 100km, 7:31:33).

 

Commonwealth Mountain and Ultradistance Running Championships have been held in 2009 (Keswick) and 2011 (Llandudno). Scottish results have been as follows:

2009: 100km Men 6 Grant Jeans 7:24:05, 12 Andrew Rankin 7:49:06, 17 Paul Hart 8:04:45. Scotland 3rd. Women 3 Lucy Colquhoun 8:19:45, 7 Gail Murdoch 8:56:20, 9 Isobel Knox 9:21:37, 11 Sandra Bowers 10:22:06. Scotland 2nd. 24hr Men 4 Steve Mason 236.942km, 11 William Sichel 214.006km, 17 Ritchie Cunningham 169.936. Scotland 3rd. Women 7 Pauline Walker 200.183, 11 Lynne Kuz 190.259, 17 Fiona Rennie 172.820. Scotland 3rd.

2011: 55km trail Men 6 Andrew Fallas 3:41:03, 11 Matthew Williamson 3:48:58, 12 Paul Raistrick 3:49:23. Scotland 4th. Women 2 Angela Mudge 4:05:54, 4 Lucy Colquhoun 4:14:38, 7 Nathalie Christie 4:27:31, 33 Claire Gordon 4:39:38. Scotland 2nd. 24hr Men 19 Stephen Mason 181.075km, 22 William Sichel 157.269, 24 Ritchie Cunningham 151.951, 42 Paul Hart 103.696. Scotland 6th. Women 4 Debbie Martin-Consani 208.057, 7 Sharon Law 204.017, 9 Pauline Walker 193.717. Scotland 3rd.

 

A British 100km Road Championship has officially been held since 1989. Scottish athletes who have won medals at these Championships are:

Gold – Donald Ritchie 1990, 1992; William Sichel 1999; Alan Reid 2001; Craig Stewart 2011; Ross Houston 2015; Kate Todd 1999, Sue Bruce 2005.

Silver – Donald Ritchie 1993, 1996; William Sichel 1995, 1998; Simon Pride 1997; Alan Reid 2000.Jackie Bird 1994, Isobel Clark 1995, Kate Todd 1996, 1997; Sandra Bowers 2007, 2008; Natalie Christie 2010; Rosie Bell 2015.

Bronze - Donald Ritchie 1991, 1995, 1998; Simon Pride 1996; Alan Reid 2002; Thomas Loehndorf 2012; Donald Campbell 2013; Paul Giblin 2014; Robert Turner 2016; Carol Cadger 2000, Lynne Kuz 2003, Debbie Cox 2004, 2006; Elaine Calder 2008; Gail Murdoch 2010; Sophie Mullins 2016.

 

Scottish Championships

For details of Scottish 50km and 100km Championships, please follow these links 50km 100km (links to SAL Road Race Commission site)

All-Time Best Performances

The Scottish all-time best performances at ultra distance events are as follows:

 

Men

50km 2:56:37 Ross Houston 2016, 2:56:39 Donald Ritchie 1985, 3:02.27 Terry Mitchell 1996, 3:04+ e Fraser Clyne 1995, 3:07:17 Mark Pollard 2016, 3:07:42 Alan Reid 2000, 3:08.53 Simon Pride 1999, 3:10:35 Jamie Reid 2004, 3:13:08 Andreas Merdes 2004, 3:14:11 Mike Greally 1994, 3:14:53 Andrew Farquharson 2007. Track: 2:50:30 Ritchie 1970, 2:56:16+ Pride 1999, 2:57:17+ Alastair Wood 1969.

 

100km 6:24:05 Simon Pride 1999, 6:28:11 Donald Ritchie 1982, 6:43:35 Ross Houston 2015, 6:56:14 Paul Giblin 2014, 7:01:36 Craig Stewart 2011, 7:07:49 William Sichel 1996, 7:11:53 Grant Jeans 2011, 7:13:30 Alan Reid 2001, 7:16:18 Donald Campbell 2013, 7:17:11 Robert Turner 2016, 7:18:31 Marco Consani 2016, 7:22:02 Andrew Murray 2014, 7:25:57 Brian Davidson 1999, 7:28:24 Ian Symington 2014, 7:28:32 Thomas Loehndorf 2012, 7:30:47 David Gardiner 2011, 7:39:46 Peter Morrison 2001, 7:42:25 Norrie Williamson 1994, 7:43:04 Andrew Rankin 2009, 7:43:44 James Stewart 2016, 7:43:47 Andreas Merdes 2004, 7:44:55 Paul Hart 2008. Track: 6:10:20 Ritchie 1978

 

24hr 268.251km (t) Donald Ritchie 1991, 258.110 (t) James Stewart 2016, 256.531 (t) Marco Consani 2015 (250.263 road 2016), 250.461 (t) Mick Francis 1991 (244.743 road 1993), 246.704 William Sichel 2000, 244.495 (t) Neil MacNicol 2016, 241.723 (t) Al Howie 1982, 239.422 (t) Grant Macdonald 2016, 239.396 Stephen Mason 2008, 230.667 Adrian Stott 2000, 228.372 Paul Hart 2010, 221.418 (t) John Softley 1993.

 

Women

 

50km 3:23:23+ Trudi Thomson 1996, 3:23:35+ Ellie Greenwood 2013, 3:26:37 Joasia Zakrzewski 2011, 3:35:34 Lucy Colquhoun 2011, 3:35:55 Rosalyn Alexander 2004, 3:40:30 Susan Bruce 2006, 3:43:35 Kate Jenkins 2011, 3:54+ Lynn Harding 1995, 3:55:21 Isobel Knox 2009, 3:58:00 Carol Cadger 1999, 3:58:09 Elaine Calder 2005, 3:58:05 Angela Howe 2016, 3:59:27 Sandra Bowers 2007.

 

100km 7:30:48 Ellie Greenwood 2014, 7:31:33 Joasia Zakrzewski 2015, 7:42:17 Trudi Thomson 1996, 7:52:23 Lynn Harding 1995, 7:56:14 Susan Bruce 2005, 8:09:27 Lucy Colquhoun 2008, 8:15:50 Leslie Watson 1980, 8:28:58 Sandra Bowers 2009, 8:30:22 Sophie Mullins 2016, 8:43:14 Isobel Knox 2009, 8:45:56 Gail Murdoch 2011, 8:47:57 Charlotte Black 2016, 8:48:58 Rosie Bell 2015, 8:49:33 Fionna Ross 2016, 8:49:34 Kate Todd 1997, 8:50:41 Natalie Christie 2010. Short course: 7:29:05 Ellie Greenwood (course 99.803km).

 

24hr 232.905km (t) Fionna Ross 2014, 226.107 Sharon Law 2013, 221.714 Debbie Martin-Consani 2015, 212.863 (t) Noanie Heffron 2014, 209.770 Pauline Walker 2008, 201.671 Lynne Kuz 2008, 187.449 Fiona Rennie 2008, 178.373 (t) Christine Gray 1996, 177.157 Aileen Scott 2010.

 

(t) track race; + intermediate time; trail races are not included.

 

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